- 1.2 (also bible) A copy of the Christian or Jewish scriptures: clutching a large black Bible under his armMore example sentences
- A court usher held a copy of the bible to her right hand for the woman to take the oath.
- You won't find the Apocrypha in most bibles, as for Christians of the Reformation it is not regarded as Scripture.
- It shows an African man from the waist up, holding a bible, with his arms extended and raised.
- 1.4 (bible) • informal Any authoritative book: “Larousse Gastronomique,” the bible of French cookingMore example sentences
- This is the bible of pregnancy books, answering virtually every question you could ever think of. A great resource.
- But I was also obsessed with the possibility of the future turning out to be horrible - so I carried around 1984, Farenheit 451 and Brave New World like they were my Bibles.
- The Les Routiers guide - one of the few bibles of the catering and accommodation world - contains 600 entries, covering hotels, restaurants, inns, B and Bs and cafes.
- 1.5The scriptures of any religion.More example sentences
- Altogether, nearly eleven million Bibles and Scripture portions were distributed in 40 languages to 126 countries.
- We will import no missionaries, distribute no Bibles.
- It's hopefully safe to assume that though the Bibles are new, they will not be ‘improved.’
Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin biblia, from Greek biblia 'books', from biblion 'book', originally a diminutive of biblos 'papyrus, scroll', of Semitic origin.